I stood in the morning drizzle with my sign reading Port Townsend Boat Show, and my thumb in the air. I was penniless and on a mission to find and meet my soon to be new best friends on Sockdolager. Ok I had never actually met them but PT is a small town and I knew we would be sure to run into each other at the festival.
My hitchhiking experiment went off without a fault and three rides later I arrived in sunny Port Townsend in record time. I don’t think you could have driven and gotten there any faster that I did with my thumb. I went straight to the post office to find a letter I had mailed to myself that was full of cash. I wanted to take some good friends out to dinner and ended up getting a brand new set of fowl weather gear for which I feel eternally guilty. I could have made all new cushions for the boat for the same price but I’m sick of being cold and wet.
There she was sitting in the middle of the marina looking not like she had just finished sailing half way around the world at all she was beautifully kept and ready to go again. I stood there for a good hour inspecting all her handy work and dreaming of the day I will be free enough to run with the long swells of the South Pacific again.
I made my way to the show finagled a free 3 day press pass and within 10 minutes of arriving ran into Jim, I could have chatted all day with him and hope to have that opportunity again in the near future. I never did cross paths with Karen but I know the next time I sail into PT which will be sooner rather than later that I can have them both over to the boat for drinks.
The festival was everything I knew it would be and coming home I ran into some good old friends from Bellingham who offered to drive me all the way to the Ferry that would carry me home to the islands. I made the trip down with no money to remind myself that where there is a will there is a way. I’m hoping to get a full six months of voyaging in this year and while I’m working hard at making my annual budget a lavish $12,000.00 it may only be $6,000.00 , which is fine by me only time will tell.
For now I’m working hard on getting Sookie back on the water I figure if I can come up with $1000,00. to provision her, the monthly costs while cruising will be 200.00 which will have me living like a millionaire for six full months but i’ll get much deeper into this later. If I hadn’t set off on this voyage completely penniless I would never believe it possible but taking that chance has set me free.
“I have not always chosen the safest path. I’ve made my mistakes, plenty of them. I sometimes jump too soon and fail to appreciate the consequences. But I’ve learned something important along the way: I’ve learned to heed the call of my heart. I’ve learned that the safest path is not always the best path and I’ve learned that the voice of fear is not always to be trusted.”